Rodney Anderson Fantasy
Anderson is a redshirt junior who decided to forgo his final season at Oklahoma. He was a highly sought after prospect after rushing for over 1000 yards his sophomore year and averaged over 6 yards a carry. His junior year, however, ended abruptly after a torn ACL during Oklahoma’s second game of the season. Despite the injury concerns Anderson carries, teams are going to love his vision and what he brings to the receiving game. He will end up being a potential first-round pick in this years fantasy football dynasty rookie drafts.
- 224 lbs.
- Age: 22
Unfortunately, Anderson had an injury-riddled college career. Despite that, he was still able to produce very productive numbers when he was healthy. Anderson played in just 17 games during his three-year span at Oklahoma. But in those 17 games, he had 1,442 yards from scrimmage with 18 touchdowns while averaging 7 yards per touch. His injuries are a bit worrisome, but when Anderson was healthy, he was one of the most productive running backs in college football in one of the toughest conferences.
NFL Combine Recap
- 40 Yard Dash: N/A
- Bench Press: 25
Anderson participated in what he could at the NFL Combine because of the torn ACL he suffered early in the season. His measurements came in nicely. He checked in with a 75 3/8 wingspan and 9 6/8 hands. He also measured out at 6-foot 3/8 tall and 224 lbs.
Strengths & Weaknesses
It’s a shame that we didn’t get to see a larger sample size from Rodney Anderson. If we did, we would be talking about a top-five pick in this years dynasty rookie draft. There is so much to love about Anderson’s game. He has excellent balance, and for a guy his size, he is extremely quick. Once he’s contacted, his feet keep churning and is able to pick up the extra dirty yards. His quick feet allow him to make hard cuts and cause false steps by his defender. His shiftiness and agility are uncommon for someone of his overall size. His lateral movement and dynamic cuts make him a nightmare in the trenches and the open field for defenders. Even his wiggle through contact makes him very tough to bring down. When he decides to, Anderson has enough power in his game to carry potential tacklers with him. With his quick feet, power, strength and sudden change of direction, Anderson also possesses good vision to see an open hole and explode through it. Even in open space, he’s able to see the field well and rip off some big runs. Anderson is a domineering runner, who will either run you over with his power or make you look stupid with his elusiveness. He even can destroy you out of the backfield with his receiving ability.
The numbers might not be as prevalent as his rushing numbers, but the traits are all there. He has soft hands, and with his size, he as the ability to high point the ball very well. He has excellent body control, and his ball skills are arguably the best in this class of running backs. With strengths also come weaknesses. The obvious will be his injury concerns. He has a very long torso that opens up the bullseye for incoming defenders to strike. He can have a hard time getting his pad level low and absorbing contact. You’ll hear a lot of talk about rookie running backs having a difficult time picking up pass blocking, and Anderson is no exception. His size would tell you that he should excel in this aspect of the game, but he has a hard time squaring up his defenders, and he will drop his head at times and get walked by easily. Even his effort is to question when it comes to pass protection.
Current RB Depth (under contract): Jalen Ricard (RFA), DeAndre Washington, Chris Warren
You take away his injuries and add him to the Oakland Raiders; you have a potential first overall pick in this years fantasy football dynasty rookie drafts. This will be a dream scenario for teams that had success last year and are in the later portion of their rookie drafts. The Raiders own a very solid offensive line, and both Anderson and the Raiders will benefit from Anderson’s power gap running style. The Raiders have a lot of needs, and assuming they either add a free agent wide receiver or draft one and add Rodney Anderson to Derek Carr, this Gruden led offense just got a lot more potent than it was a year ago.
When talking about rookies coming into the NFL, landing spots are going to be key. If Anderson is lucky enough to find a running back needy team to draft him despite his injury concerns, he should make the potential jump from a late first round, early second round rookie draft pick, to a mid-first round rookie draft pick. He possesses many desired traits NFL teams look for in a running back, and the ones he lacks at, he has enough potential to correct them and become a high end running back at the next level. Dynasty teams that have had success in recent years and have a later round pick in this year’s rookie draft will be hoping Anderson’s ADP stays around the later first round range. However, his draft stock should rise, and dynasty owners with a void to fill at running back should take a chance on Rodney Anderson in the middle of the first round this year. The potential for teams picking in the early first round to trade back to the middle of the first round and garner more value and scoop up Anderson will find that the most valuable scenario for rebuilding teams.
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